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SUSTAINABLE RESINS TO REPLACE PLASTIC

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SUSTAINABLE RESINS TO REPLACE PLASTIC

Plastics are used in a staggering variety of products, from furniture to clothing to packaging. The bulk of those plastics are made using petroleum (which isn’t sustainable) and will last more or less forever (which is also not sustainable). Luckily, there are other options.

A company called Pond makes resin products that can be used to make just about anything you can imagine being made from plastic - as well as products ranging from wind turbine blades to surfboards. Their resin materials are made largely from starch, which is a renewable, plant-based resource, and all of the materials are biodegradable when exposed to naturally-occurring bacteria species. In other words, the materials are sturdy - but can be safely composted when they reach the end of their life cycle.

Pond’s materials are sufficiently adaptable that they’ve already created one spin-off company: Pond Textiles, which is aimed at bringing new bio-based materials into the fashion manufacturing sector. That spin-off has already secured capital investment from Brightfolk A/S.

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At the Intersection of Biology and Design: The Future Will Be Grown

Factories of the future will use the building blocks of life to change the way we eat, work, and live.  And they're already here.

The world’s first summit dedicated to biofabrication took place earlier this month in New York. Suzanne Lee, founder of Biocouture, assembled a lineup of designers, entrepreneurs, and scientists to share their experiences working with bacteria, yeast, algae, fungi and other living cells.

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Growing The Future

Our intention for developing the Trailblazers series was to foster a collaborative discussion between larger organizations, startups and cutting edge futurists on new developments within the sustainability economy. While we are committed to curating novel innovations into our proprietary research database, we also want to provide innovators with a platform that can provide a closer touch-point for connection with like-minded scientists and organizations with the resources needed to accelerate the pace of their discoveries.

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